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Oatibix Biscuits 24 (Pack of 4)
Oatibix Biscuits 24 (Pack of 4)
Price: 10.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable variation of a theme, 4 Jan 2014
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Weetabix is my breakfast cereal of choice, so I was interested to try out this variation. Being oat as opposed to wheat based it soon turns to a porridge consistency, having said that when added to hot milk and my usual helpings of sugar I found it a pleasing taste and a lighter version of traditional porridge. With hot milk ideal breakfast for the chilly mornings. Its lighter taste and texture leave it open to all sorts of additions to suit tastes. Very much recommended
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Captain America: Man Out of Time
Captain America: Man Out of Time
by Mark Waid
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Perceptive Re-visit to 'Basic' Captain America, 26 Dec 2013
I don't have many Captain America books in my collection, so am not too certain how this collection would seem to devoted and long-time `Cap' fans. For those with modest interest and knowledge of the character it's an interesting take. For those new to this part of the Marvelverse it might be a bit of a tough read but it's a good stand-alone tale of the type involving as the title says someone from another era.

The tale starts on familiar territory; WWII and the incident which led to the `death' of Bucky and Captain America's suspended animation in ice. We then move onto The Avenger's discovery of him, his violent reaction on awaken and confusion on viewing modern urban life. Into this is woven his introduction into The Avenger's ranks and a tale regarding Kang The Conqueror, who is an ideal villain to have when we're dealing with someone who is having `issues' with eras.

To be honest the part that deals with defeating Kang is not as pronounced as in a `normal' story arc, but that's not a real issue because the theme of this book is a Captain America coming to grips with the new reality, and this is where its strength lies.
The tale is told, you see, in a very disjointed manner with Steve's consciousness and perceptions slipping back and forth between the 1940s and the present; sometimes these are his memories, other times `back-story' views, on occasions his finding still living people from his past and most powerfully where in his struggle to find perception he gets the two mixed up. Thanks to a fine combination of writing and art work the pain and poignancy are put across in striking fashion. There are also little tweaks that make this entertaining, Captain America's initial assessment of the other Avengers stylised in oblong `thought' balloons and in faded old-fashion type-writer fonts and Bucky as a cocky, army-wise, fixer and scrounger, loyal to Cap but not quite of his moral rectitude.

I did enjoy this book, which stands quite outside of any story arc of Captain America that I personally am aware of. Another bonus is that because of the convolutions and non-linear approach is bears many readings just in case you missed something first time around. Highly recommended for those familiar with the Marvelverse and with an interest in `Cap'.
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Wild Flag
Wild Flag
Price: 6.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Drive Just The Way It Should Be, 25 Dec 2013
This review is from: Wild Flag (Audio CD)
The members of Wild Flag have their roots in the 1990s era of the US Pacific North-West scene and have strong musical pedigrees and checking back on the bands they were associated with are something of a relevant super-group.
I have this memory of at least one of my daughters' being told to turn down the volume of who I think might have been Sleater-Kinney; funny how your past catches up with you...
This unit have lost none of the drive and enthusiasm of their first forays in those earlier days. `Romance''s fast pace and formidable rhythm is the first track and gives you a very good idea what you are in for. The guitars are wonderfully wild but at the same time melodic, the beat is driving but can move seamlessly into harmonies and a slower pace before picking up again `Glass Tambourine' is a fine example of this. The lyrics are swung out with vigour and much enthusiasm and just when you think these might be delivered in the high and often cheerfully discordant manner of the Riot Grrrl style, there are harmonies and that slower pace. The keyboard adds a texture which can catch you out and the drumming in superb.
The previous reviews have said all that there is to be said, this is just someone who has been taking in music for 50 years just adding their `Five Pennies Worth'.
My only regret is that it took me this long to getting around to buying the album when I've known it's been about for two years...ahh wasted opportunities.


North of Boston
North of Boston
by Elisabeth Elo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.65

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sombre, Atmospheric Tale with Thriller and Mystery Woven In, 11 Dec 2013
This review is from: North of Boston (Paperback)
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This is the premise. Pirio a young woman of Russian ancestry born and brought up in the USA on whim goes out on a fishing boat with her long-time friend Ned, the boat is struck in the winter fog by a cargo vessel; Ned drowns, Pirio four hours in the sea should have died of hypothermia but survives. Pirio's childhood friend Thomasina, once lover of Ned is the feckless mother of his serious and fatalistic ten year old son Noah. Pirio and Thomasina share affluent fractured and unhappy backgrounds; although both gifted they were troubled and rebellious adolescents. Pirio is building something of her life, Thomasina is not; through their friendship Pirio has a deep emotional bond with Noah and deciding the explanation of accident at sea is not adequate feels it her duty and through her love for Noah to find out the truth behind Ned's death.

I don't have a great deal experience in reading thrillers or mysteries so couldn't say for certain how well this will be received with devoted readers of these genres. The strength lies in it being essentially a novel, a novel which includes these elements. In Pirio's journey there are a number of sub-plots woven into the main tale; the fraught relationship with Thomasina a well-meaning but hopelessly irresponsible person; the appearance of ex-lover John underscored with menace; the antagonism with her elderly Russian father who acts in the background as a sometimes goad in her manner of investigations; the mystery of Larry whose identities and back stories are varied; the official interest in her ability to survive hypothermia all are combined in Pirio's arrival at a conclusion. It would not be fair to go into any more detail in case I invoke spoilers for any readers. Going back to the mystery and thriller elements followers of those may find some of the plot turns `convenient', `stretched', or `having holes'; I would leave that to their judgements; as said before my take is this is essentially a novel; one of life, its relationships, motivations, reactions and conclusions.

Told in the first person, set often in Boston's fishing community in a brooding winter's background, the tone is sombre and reflective. As I read more of Pirio and Thomasina's lives it became easier to understand and urge on the former, and become, as Pirio, does thoroughly exasperated with the latter woman. Minor characters move in and out of the tale very reminiscent of a noir narrative, some life's loosers, some forlorn and of course others just down-right repellent.

The main theme evolves, mostly in the last third of the book into one concerning environmental and commercial interests. Through this time Pirio's conflict with her father to reach a resolution. There is also a sharp, swift solution to her dilemma in the friendship with Thomasina but growing maternal love for Noah; this some might see as `tough love', others as responsible and correct but poignant.

Thus I make no apologies for being much taken with this book, so much so that I slowed down my reading to take in more of the atmosphere. Recommended? Yes. Who to? Now there's a thing, going to the safe ground... those who are partial to a good read, the rest is up to you.


Awesome Engines: Dig Dig Digging
Awesome Engines: Dig Dig Digging
by Margaret Mayo
Edition: Board book
Price: 5.31

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful, and Robust, 5 Dec 2013
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A sturdy book with descriptions in a rhythmic verse format and cheerful bright illustrations. Well received and fun to read with an enthusiastic audience. Also its sturdiness means it can double as tunnel or wall to be knocked down if the recipient is that way inclined.
As one reviewer wisely pointed out a lot depends upon the inclination of the child. Worked in our case, but we had the Grandparent Advantage (ie anything grandparents bring must be investigated)
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Dettol Complete Clean Green Apple Floor Wipes 15 Pieces (Pack of 3)
Dettol Complete Clean Green Apple Floor Wipes 15 Pieces (Pack of 3)
Price: 7.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Size, Effective and Pleasant Aroma, 5 Dec 2013
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Since I was on floor cleaning duty this week I said we should leave the small kitchen area for a couple of days to try these out.(Not a bad excuse I thought) Pleased to say they did the task. Large enough to wrap about a standard floor brush (once you've taken off the usual brush head) and also can be used by old-fashioned hand scrubbing. The picks up the dirt, leaves a pleasant scent and dries out quite quickly. Can't voucher for the effectiveness on bacteria but assume by the dirt and dust picked up the product works well in this area.
Ideal to have around the house for quick cleans or particular isolated spillages. Will be searching these out for the regular 'Shop'


Ultimate Comics X-Men by Brian Wood Volume 2
Ultimate Comics X-Men by Brian Wood Volume 2
by Brian Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Quality Saga Continues. Kitty Pride and her team Battle On, 4 Dec 2013
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Warning: this review will contain not so much spoilers as a Soap Box style rant, I will try and keep that brief.

This continues where Ultimate Comics X-Men by Brian Wood - Volume 1 left off. Kitty Pryde and her community holding the line against a splinter group of mutants and anti-mutant forces while a very enigmatic Jean Grey turns up.
The continuity which has been running since Ultimate Comics: X-Men and `The Divided We Stand' cross over is maintained and linking with the Ultimates run in this time-line is turning out to be a worthy sort of epic. This tale revolves not just around the community's battle to survive but it's evolution and what it is making out of the harsh piece of land granted to it. Quite a lot of dialogue and action managing to allow many of the familiar characters to have their own important `time on stage'

The story is constructed in such a way that it works as a stand-alone in that the reader can pick up on the back story fairly quickly although previous volumes Ultimate Comics: X-Men, Ultimate Comics: X-Men Vol.2 Ultimate Comics X-Men: Divided We Fall - United We Stand and Ultimate Comics X-Men by Brian Wood - Volume 1are recommended (`cas they're good apart from anything else).

Without too much in Spoiler Zone in this tale the splinter group of mutants shows its own tensions; which was a relief to me as sullen 14-something Mach 2 leading a group of hardened veterans was grating on my nerves; I keep an open mind though to see where that sub-plot leads. Throughout this long run and cross-over with The Ultimates Jean Grey's goals have been as clear to read as Nick Fury's. Here her appearance in Kitty's domain is interesting; her intentions and motivations adding another layer to the mix....Rant Warning...Rant Warning...
The same cannot be said of The Suits in Washington! Another bunch of cardboard cut-outs from the Marvel Sub-Plot category! Their only constructive use being to allow the Marvel art team to have fun with shadows and poses. Considering in earlier volumes we had interesting appearances of Lyla Miller AND a Lord Apocalypse (OK I know it looked as if he was wearing era-muffs-perhaps the guy was feeling a chill!) I would have thought we could have ditched the over-used MSS (Manipulative Suit Syndrome) (perhaps they are pawns of either of the aforementioned two-oh good that means they get to be killed off as pawns do). So they send soldiers to kill mutants and you know that will not go according to their plan or end in a clear cut way; as for their dialogue-least said!! In fact they are so shallow they do not detract from the quality of the tale-paradox I know! OK I could go on, but I'll spare you and fall off of my Soap-box now.

Naturally there is no set conclusion at the end of this volume, but it sets up a very compelling idea for the next in the series.

Recommended for those who have been following this arc but also for anyone who just wants a taste to what has been going on in the Ultimate-verse of late.
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Spider-Girl Presents Fantastic Five Volume 1: In Search Of Doom Digest: In Search of Doom v. 1
Spider-Girl Presents Fantastic Five Volume 1: In Search Of Doom Digest: In Search of Doom v. 1
by Tom DeFalco
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compact volume of an interesting premise that didn't take, 4 Dec 2013
Marvel made several forays into the All Age Market, some within the `Everyday' Marvel 616 universe but also in an alternative time-line known as MC2 (Marvel Comics 2); apparently the `official' designation in the Marvelverse being 982. The characters were a mix of new heroes, children of established heroes' What-If lives or tweaking the `established' set up. In many ways not dissimilar to The Ultimate Universe in concept but instead of the darker edgier tone of the former this signature of these was more familiar to the art, stories and dialogue formats of the 1960s `Silver Age'.

In this instance the Fantastic Four started off in the same way but during one mission Sue and Reed suffered catastrophic injuries; Sue missing presumed dead and Reed just a brain in a cute little robot machine. Johnny is still The Human Torch but is all grown up married to a woman skrull Lyja (Ms Fantastic); Sue and Reed's son Franklin aka Psilord is in the mix and Ben Grimm with what appears to be cyborg arm and leg (also divorced and with teenage twins).

The five issues comprise three separate adventures which are relatively short and undemanding, very much as part of an introduction to the team; we also get to meet Torus; Johnny and Lyja's son (who can change into a very strong adult and calls himself Super Storm-well he's only 10-ish), get the back-story to what happened to Sue and Reed (which forms the basis of issues 2-4) and see Franklin team up with Spider-Girl.

The villains are pretty undemanding (particularly in Issue 1; of just the sort of poor little outsider genius that Batman and Superman used to kick about so much in the early 1960s). Though in the last story the take on Diabalo is very much in the mould of a pantomime villain, and has captured Kris Von Doom son of the late You-Know-Who, who beneath the armour is a nice sort of guy. This tale also introduces Ben's son and daughter plus superpowers and up pops `Stinger' from the Avengers (something like Janet-Wasp from 616 Avengers). This tale ends with anyone not currently gainfully employed wishing to join the Fantastic...err....Lot of Heroes.

On the whole an easy entertaining read with lots of cheesy villain dialogue, colourful and rich art work very much of the 1960s style and generally uncomplicated heroes. The potential was interesting but the sales said otherwise.

Overall recommended to those interested in collecting all things FF, anyone who has a soft spot for The Silver Age, and if you happened to have taken an interest in the MC2-verse in general.


Cable and X-Force Volume 2: Dead or Alive (Marvel Now)
Cable and X-Force Volume 2: Dead or Alive (Marvel Now)
by Dennis Hopeless
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Mind The Niceties. It's The Mission That Counts!, 21 Nov 2013
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If you are familiar with Cable you know he is a master strategist, although short on finesse and personal considerations, which is why he and his idiosyncratic team of Forge, Dr Nemesis and Domino are on the run from every agency on Earth following the tragic events in Cable and X-Force - Volume 1: Wanted (Marvel Now) (Cable/X-Force) . While Pitor aka Colossus in remorse at the results gave himself and is locked up in The Raft.
Now are such details going to stop Cable and crew from saving Human and Mutantkind yet again? Of course not. And is Cable going to have any qualms about releasing a sadistic mass-murdering alien from S.W.O.R.D's imprisonment to achieve this end? Well....you know Cable!
This volume continues the high standard set in its predecessor; trade-mark action, intelligent story line, twists and turns and enough sardonic humour from his comrades to make the whole an enjoyable read. (Bonus: the main villain is vile, but is not from the stock Crashing Bore crew who indulge in bombastic monologues as to how magnificent they are, what they are going to do and why)
Possible spoilers; acting on Cable's precognisant tendencies the team go one of their focused rampages. Pitor gets sprung from jail (as a distraction), Boom-Boom is on the team creating mayhem for the foe. Scott Summers, this time quite lucid and composed turns up to offer moral support for his son Cable. Pitor being the one with remorse is the focus of some poignant interludes, Wolverine escorts him to The Raft as an Avenger but also as a friend, Kitty Pryde sneaks in with art supplies for him, and possibly that fling with Domino might go further. Nemesis continues to be snarky to Forge, who always has a trick up his sleeve. As for the team's protagonists; whereas S.W.O.R.D, Brand and The Vile Alien try their level best, against this team...
Then there's the second story; Hope. Naturally ignoring being told to stay out of the way by her father, she is on the run from Avengers' supervision and on the hunt for Cable. Of course just because Uncanny Avengers Captain America, Havok and Rogue try and stop her doesn't mean the girl is deterred in the least. It's a short tale but filled with a great of deal of plot and dialogue with a smattering of action just to illustrate that next to Cable and Scott (on a good day) Hope Summers is one of Mutantkind's foremost strategists. How she does this is quite clever, although you have to stretch the credibility of circumstances just a bit, but it's the Marvelverse afterall!!
Normally I stooge about a bit waiting for prices to drop before I buy, but this series is so enjoyable I'm going to have to sign up for Cable and X-Force Volume 3: This Won't End Well
Recommended for all fans of the Cable view of things, those who like their tales spare on angst, and readers who enjoy a good `What the ... did they do that for?' as a teaser.


Red She-Hulk Volume 2: Route 616 (Marvel Now)
Red She-Hulk Volume 2: Route 616 (Marvel Now)
by Jeff Parker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excitingly Hectic and Satisfactory End to An All Too Short Run, 20 Nov 2013
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This volume continues where Red She-Hulk: Hell Hath No Fury (Marvel Now) ended and keeps up the fast pace as Betty Ross (Red She-Hulk) in association with Machine Man press on in their quest to halt probable disaster through the military's pursuit of the Super Soldier programme-Echelon.
Obstacles and foes abound. S.H.I.E.L.D are on their tails, Maria Hill having the difficult task of trying to ensure newly recruited Bruce Banner does not get involved; she fails. In the search to investigate the potential of the world computer Terranometer our duo encounters Mole Monster; son of Mole Man (love Betty's line: "Someone slept with the Mole Man?!"); they also have to do battle with its copies of Loki, Red Skull, Dr Doom and Ultron the result of which sets up another possible story line at some stage. There's naturally a run-in with Echelon, in this our heroes are assisted by...yes She-Hulk herself and an excellently portrayed Man-Thing, who at times seems the only one keeping their self-control.
The climax erupts in a crossing over of the Marvel 616 world with another one of those pesky alternative time-lines; 616.1 in which all available super-heroes are engaged in combat with the Super Soldiers of Echelon. The existence of the two also results in Betty reliving her perception of the incident which gave rise to the emergence of the original Hulk. The whole is gloriously spectacular as the action and the alternatives of characters slip in and out of the two realties; it's also a challenging read to try and keep pace of Who is Where Doing What and Why.
Without throwing in any spoilers there is a conclusion with the hint of later tales to come.
As intimated at the beginning, this story belts along in both narrative and illustrations, both filled with underlying humour (neat homage to Hulk's slapping down of Loki in the film Marvel's Avengers Assemble [DVD] ) and compelling episodes, such as Machine Man's fight to remain an individual when interfacing with the Terranometer. These are just a few examples in a book that does not waste space in any department and can be re-read over and over to get the best out of each little detail; enjoy finding suprises!
To appreciate fully having Red She-Hulk: Hell Hath No Fury (Marvel Now) is advisable although at a stretch it would work as a stand-alone.
One of my favourite collections this year, and that's against some worthy opposition.


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